La Vernia wins team titles as Floresville hosts relays
FLORESVILLE -- Athletes from Floresville, La Vernia, San Antonio, and surrounding areas gathered at Eschenburg Field March 10 for the Jack Randall Relays. Floresville had several strong finishes, especially in the field events, but La Vernia’s varsity boys and girls teams dominated the competition and went home with the team titles.
Girls track events
In the girls 100-meter dash, sprinters from Brackenridge and Lee took the top two spots, but La Vernia’s A. Newberg captured the bronze with a time of 13.06. G. Huber finished seventh for the Lady Bears at 13.43, and Brooke Meis was 13th for Floresville in a time of 13.88. Lee and Highlands took the top spots in the 200-meter dash, but La Vernia’s A. Gastauer was there to grab third-place honors in a time of 27.37, followed by teammate H. Bruner in fourth with a time of 27.49. Newberg was 12th with a time of 29.16 for the Lady Bears, and Meis of Floresville finished 20th in a time of 29.97.
Huber won gold in the 400-meter dash for La Vernia with a time of 1:05.35, and S. Perez grabbed the bronze at 1:07.70. B. Kruciak earned some additional points for the La Vernia team as she finished the race in sixth place with a time of 1:09.81. B. Thompson ran the 800-meter race for La Vernia, and she finished fourth overall in a time of 2:38.50.
While the top two spots in the 1,600-meter run went to athletes from Boerne Champion, the Lady Bears grabbed the third, fourth, and fifth-place finishes. Olivia Hinojosa earned the bronze with a third-place finish of 5:40.41, Shaley Trammell was fourth at 5:42.52, and Bailee Vrana finished fifth in a time of 5:50.40. Hinojosa backed the run up with a second-place finish in the 3,200-meter run, finishing the event in a time of 12:18.00. Vrana was fourth at 12:34.00, and Lady Bear teammate Isabella Reynosa finished sixth with a time of 13:01.00.
In hurdles competition, an athlete from Highlands finished first in the 100-meter hurdles, but La Vernia’s Cat Reed was second with a time of 15.94. S. Ring was ninth for La Vernia in a time of 17.73. Reed went on to finish third in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 50.14, and Ring was seventh overall in a time of 53.11.
In relay action, Highlands and Lee once again grabbed the top spots in the 4x100-meter relay, but La Vernia was third with a time of 51.57. The team included Gastauer, Bruner, X. Harston, and Natalie Baker. The Lady Bears finished second in the 4x200-meter relay, as Gastauer, Bruner, A. Nanton, and Harston ran the race. The improvement continued for La Vernia, and the Lady Bears won gold in the 4x400-meter relay run by Huber, Harston, Nanton, and Newberg.
Girls field events
In field events, Floresville’s Erica Hernandez won gold in the high jump at a height of 5 feet, 2 inches. Reed finished fifth for La Vernia at 4 feet, 10 inches, and Amanda Montoya of Floresville finished fifth at the same height.
La Vernia’s Valerie Petry won a silver medal in the pole vault, jumping to a height of 8 feet, 6 inches. Hernandez won gold in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet 1 inch, and Bruner earned a silver medal at the same distance. Hernandez finished third in the triple jump for Floresville, going a distance of 33 feet, 9.5 inches.
In the shot put, C. Ybarra of La Vernia finished fifth with a distance of 31 feet, 1 inch. She also earned a bronze medal in the discus with a throw of 97 feet, 2 inches.
Boys track events
In boys sprinting action, La Vernia’s Aaron Grubb finished third for the Bears in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.36. Teammate Levi Andrews was 11th for La Vernia in a time of 11.97, and M. Munoz was 17th in a time of 12.18. Randall Mohedano was Floresville’s top finisher in 10th place with a time of 11.95, followed by Ruben Benavides with a time of 12 seconds flat to finish 14th.
While the top spot in the 200-meter dash went to a sprinter from Highlands, the Bears grabbed second and third places. Richard Snyder was second for La Vernia in a time of 23.16, and Alec Dews was third at 23.18. Trey Gillis was the Tigers’ top finisher in sixth place with a time of 23.78, followed by Benavides in 14th place with a time of 24.68. Munoz finished 15th for La Vernia in a time of 25.06.
K. Scott won a bronze medal in the 400-meter dash for La Vernia, and teammate C. Hertz finished 10th. C.J. Felux was sixth overall for Floresville with a time of 55.04, and Chris Dreager was 13th. Floresville’s Buck Baker finished just off the podium in fourth place in the 800-meter run. He had a time of 2:06.04. Brandon Pogue finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run for Floresville in a time of 10:21.00, and Dillon Goan was sixth for La Vernia with a time of 10:22.00.
Zack Gonzales finished eighth for La Vernia in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.99, but was first in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 42.05. Teammate B. Stevenson was 14th with a time of 48.82.
In relay competition, the Bears won gold in the 4x100-meter race with a time of 44.42. Andrews, Snyder, Dews, and Grubb ran the race. Floresville just missed the podium, but the Tigers finished fourth in the event with a time of 45.39. John Handowski, Mohedano, Abel Ingle, and Gillis ran the event.
In the 4x200-meter race, La Vernia finished second behind Brackenridge and Highlands, and Floresville finished fourth. The Bears finished in a time of 1:34.09, as Andrews, Brandon Felan, Dews, and Munoz ran the four legs. The Tigers had a time of 1:34.19, with Matthew Crockett, Benavides, Handowski, and Gillis running the race.
La Vernia won another gold in the 4x400-meter relay, as M. Doss, Snyder, Felan, and Gonzalez teamed up for a first-place finish in a time of 3:31.18.
Boys field events
In field events, Crockett won a gold medal for Floresville with a leap of 6 feet, 6 inches in the high jump. Tiger teammate Darren Orth finished second with a height of 6 feet, 4 inches, and Dominique DeWalt was fifth with a height of 5 feet, 10 inches.
Hertz won a gold medal for the Bears in the pole vault with a height of 13 feet, and La Vernia teammate Kenny Moehrig finished third at a height of 12 feet, 6 inches.
In the long jump, Crockett won his second gold of the day with a jump of 21 feet, 9.25 inches, and completed the hat trick with a third gold medal in the triple jump, leaping a distance of 42 feet, 5.75 inches. Snyder finished fifth in the long jump for La Vernia at 19 feet, 11 inches, and Orth of Floresville was fifth in the triple jump at 39 feet, 8 inches.
Kevin Richards finished fifth for the Tigers in the shot put event, as he threw a distance of 41 feet, 3.5 inches. Tory Reyes was La Vernia’s top finisher in the event, picking up a toss of 39 feet, 11 inches. Michael Nuernberg won a bronze for La Vernia with a discus throw of 120 feet, and Richards finished fifth for the Tigers with a throw of 115 feet, 9 inches.
In the final standings, La Vernia finished first in both the boys and girls varsity divisions. The Lady Bears earned a total of 149 points, followed by Highlands in second place with 84 points. Boerne Champion finished third, Lee was fourth, Alamo Heights was fifth, and Uvalde was sixth. Floresville, Incarnate Word, and Harlandale all tied for seventh place. Burbank, Brackenridge, and Health Careers rounded out the order.
The Bears won the meet championship with 113 points, followed by Brackenridge in second place with 88 points. Highlands finished third, and the Tigers finished fourth with 70 team points. Boerne Champion was fifth, Alamo Heights was sixth, Harlandale finished seventh, and Lee was eighth. McCollum, Uvalde, Burbank, and Health Careers completed the finishing order.